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GC 677


Group Therapies for Complicated Grief


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Course Information

Based on the latest research on the value of group therapy and complicated grief, this advanced CE course explains, analyzes and evaluates two practical models for treating complicated grief in group settings. The course provides a detailed review of the research on complicated grief, including risk factors and prevalence, and describes the dynamics of group support as effective therapy for those in complicated grief.  Practical guidance is given in assessment of complicated grief and forming effective groups for this population. The course presupposes and builds on your knowledge gained in previous courses in grief counseling.  This course is designed to provide 35 contact hours of education. Course Code: GC 677. Contact hours of education = 35.

Pre-requisite to course enrollment: You must be currently certified as a Grief Counselor by the American Academy of Grief Counseling to enroll into this course. This course is a required course in the curriculum for the Grief Recovery Practitioner Certification Program. In addition you must have also completed GC 675: Research and Clinical Practice in Grief Counseling.

Instructor/Course Author: Dr. Rosemary A. Castelli

Link to Resume: click here

Email: Dr.C@LastingRemembrances.Com

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

TIME FRAME: You are allotted three years from the date of enrollment, to complete this continuing education course. There are no set time-frames, other than the three year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the three year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this three-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course:

Short Term Group Therapies for Complicated Grief: Two Research-Based Models. American Psychological Association (APA), First Edition, 2011.  ISBN-10: 1433808439    ISBN-13: 978-1433808432

You are required to order your own copy of the textbook. Please be sure to order your book as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study.

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on Grief Counseling. Access AIHCP Store: click here

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 35 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

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* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Define and evaluate the benefits of group therapy in treating complicated grief.

2. Distinguish the differences in objectives between supportive group therapy and interpretive group therapy.

3. Determine which approach to group therapy is best for a particular client.                                                                                            

4. Review the various therapies used in alleviating complicated grief.

5. Describe and evaluate the trial programs that support short term group therapy for complicated grief.

6. Compare and contrast the effectiveness of individual and group therapy approaches.

7. Explore the effectiveness of other group model treatments for complicated grief with group models.

8. Evaluate the effectiveness of peer counseling, psycho-dynamic, cognitive-behavior, exposure psychoanalytic therapies.

9. Review and assess the literature on the efficacy of bereavement interventions.

10. Relate the prevalence of complicated grief in various segments of the populations, i.e., the elderly, disaster victims, suicide survivors.

11. Identify and analyze the risk factors for complicated grief.

12. Interpret the risk factors for complicated grief associated with various types of death situations.

13. Identify and explain the personal factors associated with complicated grief.

14. Discuss the role of personality, attachment and coping styles in complicated grief.

15. Ientify and interpret the risk factors for complicated grief associated with interpersonal relationships.

16. Analyze the circumstances surrounding a death and how it relates to complicated grief.

17. Define and analyze the effects of client characteristics on therapeutic outcomes.

18. Examine the process and dynamics within group therapy groups that address complicated grief.

19. Analyze the effects of group composition on the therapeutic outcomes for complicated grief.

20. Explain and  analyze the dynamics of two models of short term group therapy for complicated grief.

21. Describe assessment strategies to determine persons in complicated grief. 

22. Determine how to develop treatment plans for complicated grievers.

23. Determine methodologies for preparing members for treatment in group settings.

24. Explain and analyze the common components of the interpretive and supportive group models for dealing with complicated grief.

25. Explain the value of short term interpretive group therapy.

26. Explain the value of short term supported group therapy.



Abstract of Content:

Research that Informs the Short-Term Group Therapy Models for Complicated Grief:

1.                    Effectiveness of Individual and Group Therapies

2.                    Prevalence of Complicated Grief

3.                    Risk Factors

4.                    Client Characteristics

5.                    Effects of client characteristics on therapeutic outcomes.

6.                    Process variables and group composition

Analysis and Interpretation of Short Term Models in Treating Complicated Grief:

7.                    Assessment and Preparation of Clients.

8.                    Components of the Models.

9.                    Interpretive Group Therapy

10.                 Supportive Group Therapy

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